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STATE COMMISSION APPROVES BOXING REFORMS

The New York State Athletic Commission has unanimously approved a boxing reform package it hopes will clean up the sport of boxing.

Among the changes: Judges will have to be sanctioned by the state, and judges who reside, or are licensed, in other jurisdictions must submit a sworn application for a license and make certain disclosures (such as a credit check); each sanctioning body with an interest in a title fight must submit a list of three candidates for judge, instead of one, and the commission will select one from each set of candidates. It can reject the nominations and select a judge without further nomination; Judges will need to pass written and oral examinations and attend a mandatory annual seminar.

"These reforms will help restore integrity to the sport of boxing and protect the public's confidence in judges' decisions," said Gov. George Pataki, who came up with the changes along with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in May.

The reforms now go before Pataki's Office of Regulatory Reform for review.

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